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Red Onion Slaw

Red Onion Slaw is a quick and easy side dish for any meal. Fresh cabbage and carrot coleslaw with crisp red onions in a creamy dressing.

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Coleslaw for BBQ is one of our go-to side dishes for burgers, pulled pork and smoked brisket. This version adds in a bit of sweet heat with red onion for even more flavor.

Bowl of red onion slaw.

This red onion slaw with creamy dressing is the perfect compliment to smoky grilled baby back ribs, grilled catfish or alongside grilled pork chops. It comes together in about 5 minutes and can be made ahead.

Ingredients Needed

  • Red Onion
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour Cream
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

Step By Step Directions

Slice red onion and place in a bowl with a few ice cubes and cover with cold water. Set aside for about 5 minutes. This will take away the harsh bite of the onion. You can add a bit of sugar if you would like your onions to be really sweet.

Shred or coarsely chop cabbage and carrots. A food processor makes it super quick or use the largest side of your box grater.

Mayo based slaw dressing ingredients in a bowl.

In a bowl, add mayonnaise, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Whisk dressing together until smooth.

Drain the onions and dry with paper towels.

Dice the onion.

Cabbage, carrots and red onion in a bowl for slaw.

Add cabbage, carrots and onion to a serving bowl.

Making coleslaw in a bowl with dressing.

Top with dressing and mix well.

Bowl of coleslaw with red onion on a blue and white towel.

Slaw can be served immediately or covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

Store red onion slaw in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Stir before serving.

Save time by picking up a bag of pre-shredded cabbage and carrots slaw mix.

Additional Add-Ins: Diced apples or celery will add a great crunch and texture to the slaw. Add in diced jalapeños for spicy slaw.

Spoonful of red onion slaw.

If you are looking for a quick and easy coleslaw recipe with homemade dressing, give this Red Onion Slaw a try for your next BBQ.

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Bowl of red onion slaw.
Yield: 8 Servings

Red Onion Slaw

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Red Onion Slaw is a quick and easy side dish for any meal. Fresh cabbage and carrot coleslaw with crisp red onions in a creamy dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 red onion, cut into thick slices
  • 6 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 large carrot, shredded
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice red onion and place in a bowl with a few ice cubes and cover with cold water. Set aside for about 5 minutes.
  2. You can add a bit of sugar if you would like your onions to be really sweet.Shred or coarsely chop cabbage and carrots. A food processor makes it super quick or use the largest side of your box grater.
  3. In a large bowl, add mayonnaise, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Whisk dressing together until smooth.
  4. Drain the onions and dry with paper towels.
  5. Dice the onion.
  6. Add cabbage, carrots and onion to the dressing and mix well.
  7. Slaw can be served immediately or covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.

Notes

Store red onion slaw in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Stir before serving.

Save time by picking up a bag of pre-shredded cabbage and carrots slaw mix.

Additional Add-Ins: Diced apples or celery will add a great crunch and texture to the slaw. Add in diced jalapeños for spicy slaw.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 379mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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